This year I'm going to plant pole green beans. I've heard they take up less room. They are also easier to pick. I hate bending over the bushes of beans to pick them, it's a back breaker. Anyone try pole beans?
We planted pole beans for the last couple of years. They take up so little room. They literally grow right up the fence. We grow cucumbers this way too. You don't have to bend over the bean plants to pick.
Yep, I like to plant them as part of the Three Sisters - corn, pole beans, and squash. The corn acts as a nitrogen fixer for the soil and becomes a steady post for the beans to climb. The squash grows along the bottom and helps to block out weeds from the sun, so they eventually wither and die. Plus squash has prickly leaves which help deter pests.